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Best of Floyd Tillman CD

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Amazingly, there are "comprehensive" country music references that somehow ignore one of honky-tonk's great pioneers, Oklahoma-born Floyd Tillman. Tillman's 1930s Decca recordings were wonderful examples of vibrant Western swing, but his greatest commercial triumphs came after he signed with Columbia in 1946. This superb 24-song collection focuses on his benchmark Columbia work, which retained the loose feel of his swing sides while morphing into an earthier honky-tonk style that was fused with a pop crooner's sensibility. Tillman's vocal style has been a major influence on many important country singers: his leisurely, relaxed phrasing paved the way for folks like Willie Nelson and his agile, swooping note bends can surely be heard in the work of Lefty Frizzell. What's more, Tillman owns a number of significant songwriting credits, including country cornerstones such as the beautiful "I Love You So Much It Hurts" and "Slipping Around," which is generally thought to be the genre's first cheatin' song. His baritone voice was gruff in nature, yet Tillman instilled it with an odd sort of gracefulness that allowed him to be quite a moving ballad singer. --Marc Greilsamer

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Drivin' Nails In My Coffin
  2. Go Out And Find Somebody New
  3. Some Other World
  4. I'm Leaving This Old World Someday
  5. Gotta Have Somethin'
  6. You Made Me Live, Love And Die
  7. Please Don't Pass Me By
  8. I'll Take What I Can Get
  9. I Love You So Much It Hurts
  10. Slipping Around
  11. This Cold War With You
  12. I'll Never Slip Around Again
  13. I Gotta Have My Baby Back
  14. It Had To Be That Way
  15. I Almost Lost My Mind
  16. Just As Long As I Have You
  17. I Don't Care Anymore
  18. I'm Falling For You
  19. Each Night At Nine
  20. I Love You Just As You Are
  21. I'll Still Be Loving You
  22. Just One More Time
  23. Call On Me (And I'll Be There)
  24. Let's Make Memories Tonight

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 20, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B00000IITA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By George O'Leary TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
In the notation above Mark Greilsamer says there are Country music publications which describe themselves as "comprehensive" but which do not even acknowledge Floyd Tillman.

Well, there are also CD compilations claiming to present the best of an artist, but which do not quite deliver. This is one of them. The sound quality is excellent, which is par for the course when it comes to Collector's Choice, but in a 24-track CD for a singer with but 10 charted singles to his credit from 1944 to 1960, why would they leave out three, including his ONLY # 1? Sorry, but you can't have a "best of" album without an artist's best hit ever!

They should also have found room for one of his first compositions, which became a best-seller for Dickie McBride in 1939, the now-classic It Makes No Difference Now, which he himself recorded that year after securing that contract with Decca.

With the advent of Billboard's Country singles charts in 1944, his first Decca success was They Took The Stars Out Of Heaven, # 1 that February b/w Why Do You Treat Me This Way? (neither here). Later that year Each Night At Nine was released and it rose to # 4 early in 1945, but while that Decca side IS included, they also omit the flipside, G.I. Blues, which charted at # 5! Starting to see a pattern here?

All the above hits were billed to Floyd Tillman and His Favorite Playboys, but after he moved over to Columbia in 1946 all releases were shown as simply Floyd Tillman. All six hits with that label are here, along with four of the B-sides, beginning with Drivin' Nails In My Coffin, a # 2 in September 1946 b/w Some Other World.

A full year would then pass before his next hit - and my particular Tillman favourite - I Love You So Much, It Hurts.
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Floyd's music is a unqiue thing. It isn't just the songs, it's the singer writer immediacy of his rendations of his songs that makes all these songs his own forever which is why you must make this CD yours too.
I think a lot of attention belongs on the great songs that Floyd wrote that became Honky Tonk Standards in the 1940s and 1950s and most were still around in the music in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. In fact, with a fairly decent collection of Western Swing or Country records, particularly by stars who understand Floyd's importance like Willie Nelson, Mr. Haggard, Hank Thompson, and Ray Price you might have most or even all of these songs and think you don't need this.
Floyd was one of the most interesting singers I have ever heard. He has a certain lisp like way of slowing down the words and suggesting and sustaining them in a style that I think is really unique. There is something about the way he sings his songs that transforms them into a personal statement of his own, even if you have heard them a 1000 times by someone else who is formally a great singer that you love like Willie or Haggard.
I can't forget a tape of demos he made in the 1980s that was so interesting or his appearance on the stage at Austin City Limits (because if you know what Floyd looked like, you might notice him out sitting up front in a number of their shows). There are still songs so electric and right that he did that I perform them straight from those performances without having to find the words and music.
Beyond that, this is the real thing. This was Honky Tonk music before it had a name. This comes out of a different place than the prewar nashville music. This comes of the explosion of Western Swing during the war and after. Money in pockets, jobs, and no more dust bowl.
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It was sad to hear that Floyd Tillman passed away just recently in August of 2003 at age 89. He was one of the legendary songwriters in Country Music, from "Slipping Around" to "I Love You So Much It Hurts Me". This compilation should be in every serious Country Music Collection. Ol' Flyod for sure was not the greatest vocalist in the world, but it is always good to have those great songs in the original version of the person who wrote them. The CD is well-done, with extensive information regarding the career of Floyd Tillman, one more reason to add this to your collection.
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